Great Game Previews In History: 3 November 2013

by J.R.

Today in History

GGeneral_George_Washington_Resigning_his_Commissioneorge Washington issued his farewell message to the men of the Continental Army via a message printed in the Philadelphia newspapers November 3, 1783:

[T]he singular interpositions of Providence in our feeble condition were such, as could scarcely escape the attention of the most unobserving; while the unparalleled perseverance of the Armies of the United States, through almost every possible suffering and discouragement for the space of eight long years, was little short of a standing miracle.”

The general would later appear to Congress, sitting in Annapolis, to resign his commission:

Having now finished the work assigned me, I retire from the great theatre of Action; and bidding an Affectionate farewell to this August body under whose orders I have so long acted, I here offer my Commission, and take my leave of all the employments of public life.”

Washington pushed for a peacetime force, but Congress was cold to the idea, especially the members from New York, who feared that a Massachusetts-dominated force would side with their home state in a pending land dispute in what is now western Massachusetts.

Eventually, of course, there was a peacetime force and Washington didn’t “take [his] leave of all the employments of public life” permanently.

Stars at Senators, Noon

Records: Stars (5-6-2, 12 points, 6th in Conference III); Senators (4-6-3, 11 points, 6th in Flortheast)

Last Time They Met: Conference III superstar Eric Nystrom scored the game winner in a 3-2 Stars win in Dallas December 1, 2011

Last 10: Dallas 3-5-2; Ottawa 3-6-1

Historical Context: Stars have become an essential part of American iconography, borrowed from the coat of arms of Washington. As Washington boldly and bravely told the Continental Congress that he’d no longer be in their service, the Stars will go to the Senators looking to forge their own path in this Brunchrence III game.

Flames at Blackhawks, 6:30 PM

Records: Flames (5-6-2, 12 points, 6th in Pacific); Blackhawks (9-2-3, 21 points, 2nd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Corey Crawford made 26 saves in a 3-1 Blackhawks win in the penultimate game of the 2013 season.

Last 10: Calgary 4-6-0; Chicago 7-1-2

Historical Context: At the end of the Revolution, George Washington was the undisputed champion of America and everything — not unlike Chicago — and he had to decide whether to coast on reputation or make another run at the top.

Davils at Wild, 7:30 PM

Records: Devils (3-6-4, 10 points, 7th in Stupid, Ugly, Dumb Metro); Wild (7-4-3, 17 points, 4th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Wild won 4-2 way back on December 20, 2011.

Last 10: New Jersey 3-5-2; Minnesota 6-3-1

Historical Context: By the time the Continental Army was disbanded, Benedict Arnold had long since fled to England. In related news, Zach Parise plays the Devils for the first time tonight.